Kyoto Convention Bureau is urging visitors not to cancel their travel to unaffected parts of Japan, following the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the north-east coast on Friday.
The bureau’s Marketing Manager James Kent told CN: “For those people travelling to parts of the country away from the quake area, we would ask that you do not put off or change your travel plans. There has been minimal impact throughout the rest of the country and we look forward to welcoming you to Japan.”
Kent told CN the country is well prepared for earthquakes and tsunamis. “Here in Kyoto for example the International Convention Centre has been retrofitted up to the current strict standards of earthquake resistance; numerous display screens located throughout the building automatically broadcast disaster news and guidance; the garden ponds are both a stunning visual feature and water resource in case of emergency,” he said.
Kent added that there is no denying there are tough times ahead. “The news from the north of Japan has been devastating, Japan does however have plenty of contingency plans in place to help those people affected as quickly as possible, something that has already become clear through the international news coverage of the disaster,” he added.
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